Contemporary restaurant, About Thyme in Pimlico, serves up modern European dishes with a strong Spanish influence. This restaurant, which is walking distance from Victoria station, offers a tapas menu alongside a continental main course selection in a vibrant bistro.
Visited: June 2016
The presentation of the food
The choice of interesting tapas dishes
The wonderful Rioja and the wine bottle holder on our table
The meat was incredible
The menu is a little pricey
We visited About Thyme on a warm June evening and were instantly struck by how pleasant, colourful and bright the interior was. The huge front windows were wide open and with the yellow decor and interesting artwork made the bistro an inviting venue.
To start we ordered three small plates to share from the tapas menu – the lamb kidneys, fresh burrata and piquillo peppers stuffed with wild mushrooms and goat’s cheese. The lamb kidneys were served sautéed with shallots, olive oil and Pedro Ximenez, and were plentiful and tasty.
We chose the buratta – fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream – having only tried it once before at Le Jourdain in Paris where it was served to us with Bottarga, it is now available to buy in Waitrose so we’ll be experimenting with it at home soon. In About Thyme it was extremely fresh tasting and creamy, served with roasted mixed nuts, tomato and herbs – a perfect light summery tapas dish.
The stuffed peppers were beautifully presented and were my favourite tapas dish of the three.
For our main courses we ordered the Welsh lamb shank braised in Moorish spiced coconut sauce and the Presa Iberica in a port, honey, black bean and wholegrain mustard sauce. The quality of the meat was outstanding. The lamb was ever so lightly spiced and the coconut not overpowering at all. The meat fell away from the bone and was perfectly flavoured.
The Presa Iberica – roasted Iberian pig shoulder served with creamy mash and vegetables – was flavoursome, soft in texture, succulent, lean and moist. It had been carefully cooked such that it was charred on the outside and pink in the middle.
The accompanying Rioja was carefully decanted and showed classic vanilla tones from the oak aging.
We were too stuffed to even consider desserts. Overall we found the food to be of excellent quality and, although a little pricey, the wonderful choice, courteous service, great wine and large portions of excellent food made it well worth the visit.
Overall rating: 8.5/10
82 Wilton Road,